An interesting gap year possibility
Harvard and Stanford, among many other colleges, suggest that GAP Years lead to “uniformly positive” results (Harvard) and bring “viewpoints that further enrich our student body (Stanford). I am a big fan of the gap year. While I have worked with several thousand college bound students from Connecticut, I have helped structure only a few dozen gap years.
A relatively new gap year experience, “Uncollege” caught my attention. The program structures a gap year with fellow gap year students. That alone makes the program attractive. Gap years without socialization are a challenge. The structure of the program consists of 4 phases: Voyage, Launch and Internship. During Voyage, students spend 3 months in either India, Bali, or Mexico doing volunteer work. During Launch, students spend a few months in the San Francisco area with other Uncollege Fellows engaging in workshops and other interactive learning opportunities. While this phase is not exactly similar to a college experience, it is the most similar. Internship is the final phase. Students spend several months working with one of Uncollege’s partner companies. The price tag: $16,000. While that’s relatively a lot of money for most people on Earth, it is relatively small investment for parents who will spending $250,000 for college.